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Forum topic by LocalMac posted 05-21-2009 03:23 AM 943 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2009 03:23 AM

My oldest brother has had numerous deployments including a two-year tour of Iraq. While there his tank hit an IED and was completely destroyed. Thankfully he survived and came out with a Purple Heart. Today was the kind of day for him that made it worth it. At lunch a gentleman at the Legion bought his lunch for him. Then when we went to the hardware store we stopped for gas. Another guy walked up to him noticing his Veteran/Purple Heart license plate. The guy shook his hand, said God bless and thank you, and then gave him a key chain that he made. It had beads that were colored to look like the Purple Heart ribbon, Operation Iraqi Freedom ribbon, and the US flag. My brother and I are very competitive and love to brag to each other but after this incident he simply put the key chain in his rear view mirror and said “that’s why I do it”. I was incredibly proud of him and it made me glad to be in the National Guard. Thanks to all who serve and support the soldiers even at a time when we don’t all agree with the fighting. Supporting is just as valuable as serving.

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 03:26 AM

Hey Mac
We are all proud of him . My heartfelt thanks to him and all who have served our great country. God bless you all.

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 04:35 AM

I think America learned quite a bit from the Vietnam War. Returning soldiers are NOW treated with respect and gratitude. That makes all the difference in the world, to them.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 05:00 AM

Amen and Thank you from one vet to another. He is a humble man

Rick USMC ‘85 – ‘89

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 05-21-2009 11:41 AM

While the MOH is the Highest award. The Purple Heart is the most colorful and sometimes the most tragic.

Get wounded and earn one. Die and it is still awarded.

It is good to see the ones who can wear it and walk around.

GOD Bless and long life. Thanks for serving from another USAR and Ohio NG Veteran.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#5 posted 05-21-2009 01:39 PM

I love guys like this.

Some of you may recall seeing a video on CNN about a year ago, taken by some Iraqis that were going to assassinate a young solider as he stood next to his HumVee. They take a shot, and down he goes….only to jump back up and scramble around the HumVee. It’s breathtaking to watch it.

I KNOW that guy. He and his parents go to my church! He’s about 6’ 4” and big. I sure wouldn’t want he coming after me! Thing is, after calling his fellow soldiers in, and capturing these guys, he actually had to treat the wounds of his assailant! Here’s the vid:

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